Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Stabler and Olfert have contributed a well-conceived empirical analysis of a truly rural economic region (about 18% of the Saskatchewan population is employed in primary sectors, overwhelmingly agriculture). This book tends to support most of the same phenomena postulated in Central Place Theory literature, and observable in similar case studies of similar regions. Great Plains development and planning agencies should find in Stabler and Olfert's methods a rich harvest of easily applicable approaches to analyzing their respective economic spaces, provided they have access to a large, diverse database, or can compile it themselves with a minimal expenditure. Unfortunately, the theoretical contributions arising from this work, although not absent, seem to be limited because of publication space constraints.